Offshore Drilling

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Offshore Oil Drilling
Offshore oil drilling has been an ongoing battle for years. Being from Louisiana, I understand that offshore drilling is a big part of our lives and keeps most of our men employed, including my husband. Oil spills are not a very frequent occurrence but when it does happen it is devastating to our planet, animals, and businesses. When things like this happen it can have a very bad impact on other businesses in the area. It can start with the fisherman and then streamline to the restaurants and other businesses that depend on these fishermen. It can also impact other businesses that need to use the waterways. Some businesses have equipment that need to be moved in and out of the waterways and that is not possible if there is an oil spill. If I were to be directly impacted by an oil spill I would definitely be upset. It is a tough thing to debate because even though it is devastating when it happens, if offshore drilling were to be stopped completely there would be thousands of people out of jobs. President Nixon called for tougher regulations banning all use of DDT. He also founded the Environmental Protection Agency to help enforce the new laws. I am guessing that the oil spill in 1967 would have drawn attention away from the Cold War because Americans would have been more focused on the “new” happenings.

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